Book Review: The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman
The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman
Graydon House (May 18, 2021)
Elizabeth, Veronica, Rachel and Emily met at Camp Birchwood as girls in 1985, where over four summers they were the Clover Girls—inseparable for those magical few weeks of freedom—until the last summer that pulled them apart. Now approaching middle age, the women are facing challenges they never imagined as teens, struggles with their marriages, their children, their careers, and wondering who it is they see when they look in the mirror.
Then Liz, V and Rachel each receive a letter from Emily with devastating news. She implores the girls who were once her best friends to reunite at Camp Birchwood one last time, to spend a week together revisiting the dreams they’d put aside and repair the relationships they’d allowed to sour. But the women are not the same idealistic, confident girls who once ruled Camp Birchwood, and perhaps some friendships aren’t meant to last forever…
USA TODAY bestselling author Viola Shipman is at her absolute best with The Clover Girls. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will love its powerful, redemptive nature and the empowering message at its heart.
A portrayal of lost friendships
Wonderfully told story by a gifted author. I love his writing and he pulls me into the story of each book of his that I read. The Clover Girls has a dual timeline; summer camp in the 1980’s and present day. It follows the four friends through their friendship, rivalry, and the fall out of friendship. Each woman has suffered loss of dreams and loss of themselves. They get together, reluctantly, to honor their friend – the one who was the glue of the group, and in doing so try to overcome their pasts and the damage they each had a hand in. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (August 14, 2022)
Book purchased via Brenda Novak Monthly Book Box (June 2021)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wade Rouse is a popular award-winning memoirist and internationally bestselling author of twelve books, which have been translated into twenty languages and selected as Today show Must-Reads, Indie Next Picks and Michigan Notable Books. Rouse writes fiction under his grandma’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms inspire his writing. He lives in Michigan and California, and hosts Wine & Words with Wade, A Literary Happy Hour, every Thursday. –This text refers to the paperback edition.